Rome mayor criticized for low fee paid for Rolling Stones concert

The claim, by an opposition Parliament member, noted the low cost of renting the Circus Maximus.
By Ed Adamczyk Follow @adamczyk_ed Contact the Author   |   June 23, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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ROME, June 23 (UPI) -- Days after Rome Mayor Ignazio Marino called for a federal bailout of the city's administration, the Rolling Stones paid a low fee to rent a concert venue in Rome, an opposition party claimed Monday.

Italian Parliament member Marco Rondini, representing the opposition Northern League, suggested the 8,000 euro ($10,882) fee the band paid to rent the Circus Maximus -- an ancient Roman charioteers' race course in the city -- could constitute damage to the Italian treasury.

"This free gift by the mayor of Rome is a slap in the face for citizens of other cities obliged to pay for the deep hole in Rome's finances caused by incomprehensible choices like this," Rondini said.

Marino, in defending the agreed-upon rental fee, noted the Rolling Stones paid for all costs of Sunday's concert, which brought tourism revenue to the city, including spending in restaurants and hotels.

It was the first concert in Rome in 47 years for the celebrated and long-running band.

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